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Instructors tell us what’s in store for summer 2015 at Camp Asia

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Summer’s almost here, mamas, can you feel the excitement? We’re not sure anyone’s as psyched as the team of passionate and dedicated instructors at Camp Asia, Singapore’s leading holiday camps provider. You’ve got just a few more days to register for the June session, mama, so to get you extra pumped we thought we’d tell you a little bit more about the awesome adults who’ll be making the summer so special for your munchkins. We sat down with swim coach Kristen, Super Chef Tim and art instructor Jayet to find out their favourite camp traditions and why they keep returning summer after summer…

Kristen Harris Camp AsiaName: Kristen Harris
Age: 27
Year-round occupation: Swim Coach (I teach at Stamford American International School and that’s how I came to know about Camp Asia.)

How long have you worked at Camp Asia?
Since 2012 when Camp Asia started.

What do you like/think is special about working at Camp Asia?
There’s a wonderful dynamism between the Camp team, teachers, kids and parents: we all aim to make camp fun. A huge amount of work goes into making each year more interesting for the kids.

What age group do you work with?
I teach 3 to 11 year olds. It’s always a great experience when you see kids (no matter what their age) get over their fear of the water and actually start enjoying swimming!

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Favourite camp tradition?
At Christmas time, Camp has Mrs Claus make an appearance and she gives out Christmas cookies to all the kids and staff – that’s really heartwarming and brings the Christmas spirit to Camp!

What is one of the most memorable activities you’ve been a part of at camp?
I am in awe of how Camp Asia has grown and continues to get better all the time – giving attention to new programmes and new facilities without losing sight of providing kids a fun time!

What are you most looking forward to this summer?
Seeing more kids enjoy swimming, and giving parents the confidence that their child can learn to swim!

Tim Camp Asia 2Name: Tim Ong
Age: 26
Year-round occupation: Head of the Super Chef programme (I trained under celebrity chef Emmanuel Stroobant).

How long have you worked at Camp Asia?
Since the start! Super Chef was one of the initial programmes created in 2012.

What do you think is special about working at Camp Asia?
The variety of kids we get in the programme. They are from all over the world; besides a very diverse mix of kids residing in Singapore, we’ve had kids from Japan, Korea, Thailand … even as far as Italy and a couple of kids have flown in specially from America just for camp!

Do you have a favourite age group to work with?
I don’t have a particular favourite; each age group has their charms! Obviously when they are a little bit older, they do tend to take a bit more interest in the programme, but my “favourites” would just be the kids that have a passion for food. Regardless of age, it’s amazing to see their growth in the kitchen when they come back to camp a couple of times.

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Favourite camp tradition?
A big camp tradition is inviting the parents to come for lunch on Fridays. The kids cook up a big feast and showcase what they have learnt that week, and we have recently introduced “live” cooking stations where the kids cook the food right in front of the parents.

What is one of the most memorable projects you’ve been a part of at camp?
There have been so many “moments” during Super Chef. It’s always a bit nerve-wracking doing the lunch on Fridays. I think one of the most memorable performances was our first “live” cooking stations, as before we would just serve all the food family-style. The kids did an amazing job pulling it off, and we’ve never gone back.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?
The focus of Super Chef has always been for ages 6-11, but this summer we are launching a programme for ages 12+ focusing on developing their cooking with two brand new programmes. We will still keep the tradition of inviting the parents for lunch, but we’re going to take it up a notch. We are going to get them to serve a restaurant-style lunch, at least a 3-course meal, maybe five courses if they are good!

Jayet Camp AsiaName: Jayet Ng
Age: 32
Year-round occupation:  Art Instructor

How long have you worked at Camp Asia?
I started teaching art classes in the summer of 2014.

What do you like about working at Camp Asia?
Camp Asia is extremely well organised and coordinated. There’s great management from the team – they work with all the teachers, giving us support with everything we need – it makes our lives as teachers so much easier!

What age group do you work with?
I work with children 6-12. These are creative young minds, full of innocence and untainted from rules of the norm. It allows them the freedom to express their creativity.

Camp Asia Singapore art

Favourite camp tradition?
At the Passion for Art camp, we hold an Art Exhibition on the last day of camp. The children are so excited to show parents their hard work and creativity; parents, in turn, have a great time discovering and understanding their children’s talents. It’s always a great way to see parent-child bonding.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?
Seeing children being happy as they express their creativity.

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We don’t know about you, but we’re ready to sign ourselves up for some summer fun! Camps start next week (June 1) mama, so make sure you register now if you want to get your kiddo into the first session of the season.

Camp Asia
Tel: (+65) 6593 3691 or email: [email protected]
www.campasia.asia
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